Immerse yourself in Ho Chi Minh City's bustling present and storied past on this private, full-day outing. Discover Vietnamese history at colonial buildings, the Reunification Palace, and the War Remnants Museum, dine at a tasty restaurant, and hop on a cyclo to check out traditional markets in Chinatown.
After you're picked up from your hotel, head out into the bustling morning atmosphere of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Admire the French colonial architecture of the Saigon Opera House and the striking Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Walk to the Reunification Palace, a government building famed both for its historical significance and its colorfully kitschy 1960s decor, and head inside to see the shag-carpeted meeting rooms.
From there, visit the War Remnants Museum for a look at exhibits related to the Vietnam War as well as the First Indochina War. Gain sobering insight into the Vietnamese perspective on these violent events, and then hop back into the car to ride to the turn-of-the-century Ben Thanh Market and the Mandarine Restaurant. Learn about Vietnamese cuisine as you watch a cooking demonstration, and then savor a meal featuring vibrant flavors, fresh herbs, and regional ingredients.
After lunch, head into Chinatown and swap your car for a cyclo, a classic cycle rickshaw. Check out a small fruit market, wind down narrow alleys to Cha Tam Church and Chua Ong Pagoda, and then walk to a traditional herbal medicine street. Learn how locals use herbal remedies, pick up a tea bag as a souvenir, and then wrap up your excursion at the modern Bitexco Financial Tower. Sip on a cool cocktail while gazing out at the setting sun from the fifth-highest building in Asia before you're dropped back at your hotel.